Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Base of the Rocky Mountains, Canada. Wonderous things!
Bikes: 2010 Cannondale Hooligan 3
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MEC panniers are very good for the price. I've been using a pair handed down to me from my sister which are now in their teens, and just bought another set for the front of the bike lately, the new ones look to be even better.
As for the hooks, they're a lot more robust than they look in the picture and hold up very well. You may need a replacement hook kit if your rack is thicker than average, or you may need new bottom hooks if your rack is too tall for those ones. MEC has both types available, so there's no fuss over finding a fix if you do encounter a problem.
They're not as fancy as some other offerings, but they serve quite well.